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'''Animal Collective''' is an experimental pop group formed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1999. They were founded by Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (musician)|Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (musician)|Deakin (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (musician)|Geologist (Brian Weitz). Records released under the name Animal Collective may include contributions from any or all of these members; the lineup is not uniform, though Portner and Lennox have been on every Animal Collective release. The band's music is characterized by music production|studio experimentation, vocal harmony|vocal harmonies, and an exploration of various genres which include freak folk, noise rock, ambient drone, and psychedelic music|psychedelia. The group also runs the record label Paw Tracks on which they have released their own material as well as that of other artists.
OriginBaltimore, Maryland, United States
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Years active1999–present
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Associated actsVashti Bunyan
Current membersAvey Tare|David Portner (Avey Tare)
Panda Bear (musician)|Noah Lennox (Panda Bear)
Geologist (musician)|Brian Weitz (Geologist)
Deakin (musician)|Josh Dibb (Deakin)
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